Latest North Carolina State General Assembly News

North Carolina GOP Rep. Grange entering 2020 governor's race

Jul. 18, 2019 10:22 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina state legislator has entered the 2020 gubernatorial race, providing a rival in the Republican primary for Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, who's been preparing for years to seek the party's nomination. State Rep. Holly Grange of Wilmington announced her candidacy on Thursday in a...

North Carolina Dem takes big financial lead in US House redo

Jul. 16, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Democrat has a big financial lead over his Republican rival in a North Carolina U.S. House special election that was ordered after a ballot-collection scandal in the GOP-leaning district. Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission late Monday showed Democrat Dan McCready...

Distilleries benefit in NC alcohol bill given final OK

Jul. 16, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina distilleries would benefit from eased regulations to sell their own products on-site and market them at Alcoholic Beverage Control stores in legislation heading to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk. The Senate agreed on Tuesday to accept House changes to the measure, designed in...

With budget deal absent, legislators consider stopgap plans

Jul. 16, 2019 4:34 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Chances that a North Carolina budget standoff between Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper will be resolved soon appear small enough that GOP legislators are looking to spend more funds to keep state government humming, then possibly go home. Negotiations between Cooper...

Sports, horse betting bill for Cherokee gets final approval

Jul. 15, 2019 8:47 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The General Assembly on Monday gave final approval to a measure that would give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the authority to offer the...

The Latest: Voter: Lawsuit tries 'to unrig a rigged process'

Jul. 15, 2019 6:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a partisan gerrymandering trial beginning in North Carolina state court (all times local): 6:30 p.m. A Democratic voter has testified that a gerrymandering lawsuit against North Carolina lawmakers is "trying to unrig a rigged process." The first day of the partisan...

Price break on UNC athletic scholarships revived in House

Jul. 11, 2019 4:01 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A late-session effort is underway to repeal a 2010 state law that prevented North Carolina taxpayers from having to cover the costs for out-of-state students who were being treated like in-state students when they received full athletic scholarships. With little debate, the House Rules...

Proposed North Carolina gaming commission OK'd by House

Jul. 11, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The idea of a consolidated state commission to regulate all gambling-related activities and boxing in North Carolina has advanced through the House. The proposed nine-member North Carolina Gaming Commission would incorporate duties and powers of the current state lottery commission...

Despite budget impasse, House unanimously OKs stopgap plan

Jul. 10, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Debate over a narrow spending package to help North Carolina's government operate in the new fiscal year turned into finger-pointing over a broader budget impasse. The House unanimously approved on Wednesday what Republican budget-writers call a "stopgap" spending bill and sent it to...

Tougher penalty for some 'move-over' violations finalized

Jul. 10, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The General Assembly is increasing the criminal penalty for motorists who violate North Carolina's "move-over" law and a first responder dies or is seriously injured. The Senate agreed on Wednesday to House changes to the bill, which responds to the December death of a Lumberton...